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Now it's time to say good-bye...to the faithful RTS.....
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The experimental "X Bus"* (Junction Blvd & 62nd, 1975)......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?155429

(courtesy: nycsubway.org)

*It is interesting to note, that, when the "TransBuses" were being demonstrated, all had their manufacturer's logos covered with an "X", to avoid any possible bias when polling the public.....
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing I've always found interesting about this "TransBus" (as seen in the previous photo), is that, for all of its then-futuristic design, few ever thought of just how commonplace that bulbous nose was to become, in the not-too-distant future......

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also of interest......

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_Transit_series

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transbus_project
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just curious.......

1:

When did the "Em-Tee-Yay" decide to replace the RTS?

2:

What were the last MaBSTOA routes to use the RTS?

3:

What depots were the last RTS assigned to?

4:

Was parts availability becoming an issue in later years?

Appreciate any input.......

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that among the last MaBSTOA routes to use RTS' were M20 - Eighth Avenue and M42 - 42nd Street Crosstown, can't say about the others. No doubt stationed at Quill depot.

The other questions, I'll leave to the other experts. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B.:

Any info on #6360, which was supposed to be the first of many Nova/Lockheed hybrids?

The bus vanished from service so fast, few were able to photograph it....

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

........also, was curious as to the fuel consumption/efficiency of CNG RTS and conventional diesels......

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.......also, am curious why the MTA never rostered any "slant back" RTS's, even though they were already operating for "privates" in the city.......

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

......something else I've long been curious about (regarding the RTS) is how "Em-Tee-Yay"/"MaBSTOA" drivers (as well as the drivers of the private companies) regarding them, in the early days.

I've also wondered how the drivers of those days judged them, against the older GM Fishbowls and Flex New Looks, in terms of handling, performance, etc.

Here in NJ, I remember the ACADEMY drivers I that knew quite well more or less "split" between Metro "B's" and RTS buses.

The only RTS coaches that I can recall ACADEMY drivers not being all that enamored with (ditto for the passengers) were those ACADEMY purchased second-hand from DART (Delaware)

I remember them being very sluggish, and their a/c units BARELY working, if at all.

I also, long ago, often rode the ex-MTA RTS's that ACADEMY used on the "#22 HILLSIDE" for some time......

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....IMHO, when the last RTS pulled into the depot for the final time, it ended the era of "classic" buses in "Noo Yawk".

To me, the buses in today's fleet simply do not do a thing for me. Sad

The RTS, without a doubt, more than proved itself over the decades, a solid and reliable workhorse, to be sure......

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